Remodeling is a big deal! The process can take lots of time, money, and mental energy – so it’s normal to be a little skittish before you enter into renovation territory. One of the things that takes the most amount of the thought is picking out the contractor you are entrusting your kitchen vision to. Here’s the person who will be orchestrating your remodel, who you need to count on in order to get your dream kitchen. This is not exactly a decision to be made lightly! Here are a few things to consider when you are choosing a contractor.
Take Your Time
You do not want to rush into any major decision, especially when it comes to your kitchen. The kitchen is where a lot of the magic happens in any home: it’s where family calendars are hung and where we feed the people we care about most. You’re going to live with your remodel for a while, so of course you want it to turn out amazing. Kitchen remodels are a great way to add to your home’s overall value, so treading carefully while picking a contractor is a must. Take your time, talk to more than just one contractor. Do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Talk To Your Friends
Chances are, you know a few people who have already gone through the kitchen remodeling process. Talk to them. Ask them what they loved about their contractor, and if they’d use the same one again. Ask what they’d do differently. Ask what surprised them during the kitchen renovation. You’ll probably come away with a list of contractors that have been vetted by people you trust, which is a good place to start when it comes to picking a contractor.
Nobody likes to talk money, but you need to see if your contractor has the ability to make your vision come true with the budget you have in mind. It’s a good way to gauge personality as well – you want to work with a contractor that you don’t dread calling if you have a question or have noticed a problem. Ask your contractor for a written estimate, this provides a great way to compare your choices.
Ask For References
While you are researching your potential contractor, ask for references. You definitely want a contractor who not only does good work, but also maintains good relationships with clients. If you’ve found your pool of contractors via your family and friends, it’s still a good idea to ask for references from people you do not know.
Follow Up On References
Call homeowners and ask about their experience with the contractor you are vetting. If you can, visit a previous kitchen remodel that your contractor has worked on. This is easy if you have received references from people you know.
Once you’ve found the contractor you are going to trust with your kitchen renovation, make sure to keep the lines of communication open so you can align your schedules. If you have any information you want your contractor to know, tell them up front. This could be anything from budget concerns to specific design elements you want to address. Try to meet with your contractor once a week for a quick conversation – just to make sure you both are on the same page with the project. Good communication will make for a successful partnership!